THE TRECENA OF DEER/MANIK
The Next 13-Days…
Deer/MANIK inspires a Divine Meaning and Purpose for our Life. The Deer is the Day Sign of the Mayan priest. The Deer is a symbol of stability with one leg planted in each of the 4 directions. Another name for MANIK is Hand, illustrated in the glyph grasping a thread of Ether that completes the connection to a circuit of Divine Power. The circle represents the Eye of the Deer that maintains a watch of Vigilant Consciousness.
Deer/MANIK guides us to claim a Divine Meaning and Purpose for our Life and to dedicate the Time to a Mission of Service. MANIK is dedicated to the path that leads to an altar. The Mayan priest is one who observes the calendar and carries out the sacred ceremonies on behalf of the Whole.
The Deer leads by gift of Harmonic Resonance. By standing in the Highest Integrity of Truth, the Deer leads by attraction. The Mayan priest offers the witness of Love that is grown by dedicating our self to a path. The Mayan priest doesn’t enforce any rules or doctrine. We are all intended to discern our own way from the Master Teacher within. By observing the sacred traditions, Deer reminds others to follow their own path.
In every herd of Deer there is One that will serve as the leader who stands in Vigilant Consciousness. The Deer stands in the Integrity of its own Truth. MANIK teaches that we aren’t meant to defend our ground. Our Way is led from Above. The Deer’s way is to stand silently on the Truth of Holy Ground.
The Deer upholds the pillars of Faith by honoring all ways and all paths that lead to the place of Divine Communion. The Deer is Vigilantly Conscious of Time and Place and dedicates itself to remembering that every path will look different, depending on where we are in the journey. The Deer guides us to stand on the Truth that we believe in the here and now. We don’t have to defend it. We’re the only one in our Time and Place. No one but a Divine Creator will know the Meaning and Purpose of our Truth. The Whole Truth won’t be completed until the end. We are always on a journey to Higher Truth. We have to start somewhere. It’s more important to learn to See what we Believe and Stand on our own Truth than it is to be “right.” How could we ever explain a Truth spoken to our heart?
The Deer is a living demonstration of Faith in Action. Kneeling at an altar, MANIK serves as an example of Humility. Admitting the Truth of our limitations will always lead us to a Higher Truth of the Creator’s Love. Deer shares the Spiritual Tools of Spirit and is said to have kept every tool it’s ever used. The priest holds the Sacred Medicine Bundle that has been passed down by all the Ones that led before. The Highest Mayan Priest, Don Alejandro, holds the Sacred Staff. The Deer guides us to take up our own staff and dedicate our Life to our own Mission of Love. The Movement of Divine Intention creates the Vibration of Love that calls lower vibrations into Harmony.
Through a dedicated practice of Divine Consciousness, the Deer is capable to push away negative influences. The Elders said the Way of Spiritual Development is to track the mind to be Conscious of our thoughts, and Remember we can Choose the ones we will follow. The most Divine Tool held by the Deer is a Divine Provision for every Human limitation. The path is the Provision through which to Remember the Tool of theurgy, the Power that was Given to Human Beings to call upon a Divine Agency through our rituals and sacred ceremonies. The Deer stands on the Truth of the Creator’s Promise of Answered Prayers.
Trecena of Light:
Deer/MANIK guides a cycle of Divine Inspiration. Following the Light of Divine Discernment we will realize a Divine Meaning and Purpose for our Life, and we will manifest the Truth that we were given every Spiritual Tool we need to carry out the Mission. The purpose will be to find our Own Divine Way. The Elders on the traditional Native American path said that we weren’t meant to emulate their ways, but to create our own myths. They said the tools passed down could serve as Proven and Worthy Tools that we could rely on until we created our own. We carry on the ways by a personal Choice when we Understand the Momentum of all the prayers that have gone before.
GLOBAL BURNER: 4 Dog/OC
Residual energy is burned away at the Center of each Season. On Global Burners the shaman and the priest carry out the Sacred Fire Ceremonies on behalf of the Whole to restore Right Relationship in the Community. 4 Dog/OC stabilizes the energy of Unconditional Love. On days leading up the the Global Burner we are more likely to feel the symptoms of stress building up to a big release. Through the Element of Fire, the flesh of our Ego is burned away and we are Restored to Right Relationship. The Mayan priest observes a ritual of 21 Days of Gratitude leading up to the event. I’m just noticing that 21 days before 4 Dog/OC is 10 Dog/OC. It’s the same for each of the Global Burner Day Signs (Dog/OC, Eagle/MEN, Sun/AHAU, and Serpent/CHICCHAN). In the future I can remember that the 21 Days of Gratitude begin from the Tone 10 of Manifestation and mark the calendar for 10 Eagle/MEN, 10 Sun/AHAU, and 10 Serpent/CHICCHAN.
PEAK DAYS: Peak Experience, Peak Performance
The Peak Tones of the trecena are the best days for personal performance. These are days when we feel confident in our intentions and communication with others.
- 6 Road/EB – generates momentum of a rhythm and pattern of movement, marking a New Milestone on the Road to our Destiny
- 7 Reed/BEN – offers the Light of Divine Communion at the Highest Altar
- 8 Jaguar/IX – shines the Zenith Light of “pure spirit” and the “earth magic” of gratitude
- 9 Eagle/MEN – our Transformation is completed by a Vision of our Divine Future, and Knowing the Dream lies within our grasp
Deer/MANIK inspires a Way to navigate the Chaos of a Major Life Change. We will Ascend on 13 Storm/CAUAC. Through a Gift of Lightning from Above, we will Receive a Blessing and Purification of Living Water for the Renewal and Regeneration of our Spirit.
The trecena of Deer/MANIK represents the Light of Divine Inspiration. MANIK will inspires a Way to navigate the Chaos of a Major Life Change. MANIK will lay a foundation of stability for the way forward. The Deer employs Vigilant Consciousness in all 4 directions. It’s means of defending the herd is moving to Higher Ground.
The Elders always say, “It’s not whether you can do it, but whether you will Remember.” Our Higher Ground will be an altar where we Kneel in Humility to a Power of Divinity. When we dedicate our Self to a daily practice, we can Remember the Divine Power of Love. At an altar, we’ll remember we can ask for Divine Intervention. We grasp the Power of Divinity at an altar in Communion with the Creator.
The glyph illustrates the Hand that grasps the thread of Light to complete a Divine Circuit of Power. We manifest Human’s Light through our rituals, ceremonies, and prayers. Deer/MANIK inspires the Truth that we were Blessed in Harmony and Equity to serve as the Hand of God on Earth. The only way to carry it out is in Humility. Serving as a Divine Example, we’ll admit our limitations to prove the Miracles of Divine Grace.
Deer/MANIK resides in the West, the direction of our Unknown Future. MANIK will inspire us to be the Light in the darkness. The Element of Water relates to the Moon and our Emotions. We will be guided by our Heart. The Mayan priest uses the Element of Water for Blessings, Initiations, Baptisms, and Purification. MANIK will guide our own Mission of Love to fulfill a Divine Meaning and Purpose.
On Tone 1 we start over again from a state of inertia. The intention on Tone 1 is to be present in the moment to be Divinely Inspired. It may feel like a low energy day, or a day when no matter how much effort you invest, it seems hard to reach an end. If you can let things “be” until Tone 3, your will have the energy to make up the Time.
This is a 13-day cycle that plants our feet on solid ground. Today you may be inspired by a Spiritual Tool – a Truth that makes Common Sense about how you will move forward.
The Mayan priest would begin the trecena with Ritual and Sacred Ceremony. The staff is the symbol of stability and authority for the Mayan priest. Be watchful over the next 13 days, if something calls to you to become a Sacred Object to carry or keep at your altar.
The Intention of this cycle is to establish a strategy for Remembering that will uphold the pillars of this Tzolk’in round. If you are considering a daily practice, Deer/MANIK may inspire something you plan to do every day. I began lighting a candle in the morning to honor the Day Sign, and once I started, committed to doing it in harmony and equity for every one. I chose something that would be a challenge. A daily plan upheld my faith and helped me remember.
To all my relations, may we give thanks for the way we are Divinely Guided from the beginning to the end. May we give thanks for those who carried on the Sacred Traditions as our Divine Inheritance. May we call Sacred every Spiritual Tool that is given to us to know the Divine Way. May we Remember the ONE Spiritual Tool that covers every Human limitation, so we can turn away from thoughts of doubt and fear and Remember we’re always in a Divine Time and Place.
May our Heart Feel the Truth and our Eyes See the Light of our way.
in lak’ech, I am another you,
Debra, Jaguar Woman, 9 Eagle/MEN
REMEMBERING OUR GRANDFATHER “TATA” DON ALEJANDRO:
Don Alejandro Cirilo Perez Oxlaj is the 13th Generation High Priest and Spiritual Leader of the Maya. It was his destiny to share the Mayan calendar with the world in the time of the 13th Baktun.
May we give thanks for all the prayers, rituals and sacred ceremonies that Tata has carried out on behalf of the whole. Tata called us to Awaken. He said, “We are all one like the fingers of one hand.” May we hold Tata in the Light of our thoughts and prayers. The Elders say that the High priests and Masters know when we send them our Love.
Don Alejandro is in his 90’s and lives near Antigua. If you would like to make a donation to his medical care, you can contact his intermediary, Joseph Giove at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions.
THE TRECENA OF DEER/MANIK
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1 Deer/MANIK (Cherokee, Deer/Ahwu’sdi)
Galactic Tone 1: Unity. One is the beginning of all things, the first, the whole and the all in one. One’s are assertive and self-guided and give a good push to whatever project they are associated with. One persons work best when meeting a challenge. Do not expect One-persons to be attentive to details or to put the finishing touches on things.
Deer/MANIK (Hand): Deer are spirit tools. Silence itself is a spiritual experience for Deer. For Deer life is a pilgrimage. Deer are dominant persons who defend the people and will make sacrifices for others. The spirit of Deer upholds the pillars of the four directions. With the power inherent in the number four, Deer pushes away bad influences or negative energies. Skill and quality of work are very important to Deer. They are presented with tools for every task in life and it is with these that they are able to rise above limitations. Deer has a habit of keeping every tool it has ever used. This leads to clutter and indecision, loss and procrastination. When confronted with promises not kept, Deer becomes stubborn, manipulative and evasive.
Cherokee, Deer/Ahwu’sdi: Symbolized by Constellation Galagina, the Stag, known as Taurus, the Bull. It does not include the Pleiades and Hyades clusters which in Cherokee are viewed as separate. To feed, gatherers of food and supplies, they enjoy rituals, ceremonials, feasts, the souls of hospitality, sociability. Freedom versus security issues often inspire leadership and unique solutions. Combined with artistic and inspiring energies in harmony with lunar cycles, they nourish the clans. Totem-Deer: A priest or shaman, a powerful person in general, to overwhelm an individual with one’s personal power, divination; inclined to become a teacher, healer, guru, civic leader, or politician. Ability to create harmonic resonance.
[Text in italics was the primary source of inspiration for my journal. These are the sources that started my journey and they are the reference for interpretation each day. By providing the original text, I hope to offer a way to see what inspired my thoughts and by including all the aspects – allow for something more to inspire you. Mayan descriptions are those written by Ian Lungold. Cherokee descriptions came from multiple sources. Links to sources and other resources of study are offered on the Daykeeper Resources Page. ~Debra]
IMPORTANT UPDATE: My gift for a New Tzolk’in Round…
Visit the 13-Day Trecena Guide for daily aspects and events of the trecena.
My gift for this Tzolk’in round is linked there, a Tzolk’in Field Guide that has as much about the basic aspects of each day as I could think to put into it. The directions and the elements are aspects of Universal Laws that can be known in MANY ways, through many kinds of practice. My aim with the dates for each trecena, included for the next few years, was an intention that we could have everything for a day in one place at hand, if we didn’t have a computer.
ERRATA: I discovered an error in the Peak Tones listed for the Deer/MANIK trecena (our next journey). A corrected “Revision 1” was uploaded to the 13-day Trecena Guide page on June 6, 2020. If you downloaded the Field Guide on an earlier date, please download the corrected version as a replacement.